[ muhm-er ]
/ ˈmʌm ər /


a person who wears a mask or fantastic costume while merrymaking or taking part in a pantomime, especially at Christmas and other festive seasons.
an actor, especially a pantomimist.

Origin of mummer

First recorded in 1400–50, mummer is from the late Middle English word mommer. See mum2, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for mummer

/ (ˈmʌmə) /


one of a group of masked performers in folk play or mime
a mime artist
jocular, or derogatory an actor

Word Origin for mummer

C15: from Old French momeur, from momer to mime; related to momon mask
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